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“Fun in the forest”

Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
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Half-Day Self-Guided Mountain Bike Journey through Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Ranked #2 of 112 things to do in Rotorua
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Entry to the forest, tracks and Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is FREE. There is lots of parking and toilet facilities available. Gates open at 5.30am and close late. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods I-Site and Visitor Centre. Don't forget to also check out the Redwoods Treewalk. This is available at the Redwoods and provides an alternative way to experience the Redwoods both during the day and at night. It is a paid attraction see their listing for more details.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Te Puke, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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“Fun in the forest”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is a wonderful nature park. We have walked through several times. There are so many areas for people to walk, run or bike ride and the further in, the quieter it is. You can have a pleasant, relaxing stroll or a real hard workout. It's beautiful.

Visited September 2013
Thank Diane J
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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“very nice”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

A very magical place. Great if you have a few hours to spare. Dec recommended. I loved the huge size of them and the site they're in is just so different. Definitely go far enough to check out the mystical blue water from the geothermal sites.

Visited June 2014
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Silverthorne, Colorado
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“Might as well”
Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

If you're in town you might as well go for a stroll through these wonderful trees. Free things to do are hard to come by in NZ, so it's great that this place is available. You can almost get away from the awful, rotten egg smell of town out there. There are plenty of trails to choose from, so it's not to hard to find your own space. Give it a go!

Visited June 2014
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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“Feeling small in the Redwoods”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The redwood forest was a cool place on a hot day, quiet and seemingly remote, the trees created a haven from the the hustle and bustle of the every-day.

Visited February 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“A must see, and free”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Redwoods are an amazing feature, so easily accessible and free. There are miles of bike tracks and walking tracks. The information centre is worth visiting if you haven't been before so you can understand where the best places are to to. If you are hiring bikes and spending a few days consider buying a manky (hanky map cross).
There is a cafe on both sides of the redwoods for those who are biking. It's not too much of a grind from the main car park up and over to the other side- maybe 20 mins.
There are great tracks for young ones, have a look at the websites to get your bearings, the Big Dipper is a good gentle option. Enjoy it!

Visited June 2014
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